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Norwegian Church Draws Black Metal Fans

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Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten is reporting that the restored stave church (photo) in Fantoft in Bergen, Norway has become a pilgrimage site for European black metal music fans who want to visit the site of the church-burning that Varg Vikernes (a.k.a. Count Grishnack) of the one-man band Burzum was suspected of carrying out.

On the cover of the Burzum EP album "Aske" (Ashes) one can see a 1992 picture of the charred ruins of Fantoft stave church. Varg Vikernes is serving a sentence for murder and church burnings.

Guide Arne Dyrøy is not terribly thrilled about some of the new tourists to Fantoft.

"The church has received unwelcome attention because of the 1992 fire and we have had visitors wearing T-shirts with pictures of the burnt ruins. This is very disrespectful," Dyrøy said.

Dyrøy told NRK that many of the black metal tourists ask about Vikernes, and want to visit him in Bergen Prison.

The church as also been visited by a Canadian film team making a documentary about heavy metal music.

Torgrim Øyre, music reviewer and assistant organizer of the annual Bergen metal festival Hole in the Sky, agrees that the Fantoft burning was a "classic event in Norwegian black metal history" but believes the pilgrimage is a phenomenon limited to "slightly nerdy" foreigners.

Dyrøy told NRK that he kept a watchful eye on the black metal tourist crowd.

"As a rule they are very polite and easy-going but I am a bit on guard in case they try some kind of stunt," Dyrøy said.

Several hundred people attended the consecration of Fantoft stave church after its reconstruction in 1997 (photo #1, photo #2).

Source: Blabbermouth.net

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1. Tony writes:

I can't comment on Burzum, I've never heard of the band. However, I can comment on the church burning. I think that Christianity and similar dogmatic religions should be wiped clean from the face of the earth, and intelligence, wisdom, common sense, and logic should rule. Strength if need be. I do not know about straight murder. That is not my thing. I do know, however, that I believe that some time there will come a time when we (Traditional Satanists, Pagans of reconstruction old paths; Egyptian/Norse/Celtic/etc Pagans) must stand together and will have a fight against Christianity and the Judaeo-Christian god. I believe it will not be something we will have to ask each other about. We will know, that it is going to happen. I also do believe, that an actual anti-christ will arise. Call me insane, or deluded, but I do speak what I believe in. Burning churches does no good though, all it does is gives us more notoriety, making it harder to hide ourselves if need be. One wrong accusation, and with their word against ours, we're f***ed. Do you understand what I mean? Besides, it only helps them come together in "good faith" and make issues about everything being against them and "oppressing" Christianity and all that bullsh**. To be simple, the first person I hear in person say that Christianity is oppressed, I'm going to hit as hard as I can. Maybe again and again, depending on how good it feels. Such a shame... Oh well, what may we do? Well, I'm out. Looking for more news. By the way, for a serious and intellectual approach to Traditional Satanism, with all sincerity I ask you to vist www.temple666.com Listen to the audio files, and look for the articles. That site is not for those who think Satan is all about "evil" and what you see in horror movies. Reality is not Hollywood. Either way, visit the site.

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2. OMNIUS writes:


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3. deathbringer writes:

Isn't religion inclusive of dgma? That includes Satanism, paganism, etc. If you'r gonna wipe one, wipe em all.

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4. brokenwings13 writes:

honestly i've never went to church.
but i can't see how any religion other than judaism, satanism and christianity
is involved with the fighting of the other gods. what i mean to say is that other religions like wiccan, aren't monotheistic, meaning "more than one god". then why would they
take down the others. deathbringer is right, if you wipe one, you wipe them all.

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